The original plan – before corona virus hit – was for Leif Ove Andsnes and the Bergen Philharmonic to perform Grieg’s Piano Concerto as the final concert in the orchestra’s season before setting off on a tour of Asia. Now almost 3 months since the start of lockdown and on the actual day of Grieg’s birthday (b. 15 June 1843 in Bergen), Andsnes and the Bergen Philharmonic perform his piano concerto in the Grieghallen and celebrate the first day that concert halls in Norway can open their doors to the public once more.
“We do this by paying tribute to the many people who have been working hard for a long time to keep the corona virus at bay and save lives, keeping both small and large and important social functions running” says the Bergen Philharmonic. “Employees in health and care, transport and cleaning, grocery and crisis management will fill the total of 400 seats that will now be available to the public in the Grieghallen divided into two concerts on the same evening, the first at. 18.00 and the second at. 20:30. The first concert will also be streamed live on Bergenphiliv.no.”